Addiction is a chronic illness which causes an individual to engage in compulsive substance abuse or behavioral abuse. Substance abuse includes ingesting alcohol or illicit drugs while behavioral abuse is habitual and can include gambling or excessive shopping.
Over time, addiction causes individuals to lose their sense of self-control and make irrational, highly impulsive decisions. This lack of voluntary self control makes it difficult to refrain from continued substance or behavioural abuse.
Symptoms of Substance Abuse
These symptoms will range in severity.
- Temporary blackouts or memory loss
- Recurrent arguments or fights with family members or friends
- Irritability, mood swings or depression
- Continuing use of alcohol to relax, to cheer up, to sleep, to deal with problems
- Headache, anxiety, insomnia, nausea, or withdrawal symptoms
- Flushed skin, changes in voice, trembling hands
- Drinking alone at any time of the day and in secret
General Signs of Addiction
These general signs could indicate some form of addiction.
- Loss of control
- Neglecting activities or committments
- Risk taking
- Relationship issues
- Changing appearance
- Family history of addiction
- Continued use/behaviour despite negative consequences
Effects of Addiction
Consistently engaging in addiction can cause moderate to severe complications which may become difficult to alter.
- Health related problems
- Mental illness
- Issues with relationships, work or school
- Legal or financial problems
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